Going into game three, the Orlando Magic caught a break when the Pistons decided to sit All-Star Guard Chauncey Billups due to a sore hamstring.
However, the Magic failed to capitalize on his absence, losing at home 90-89.
The Magic got off to a quick start in the first and led by six at the end of the first quarter. But as in the past, they started the second quarter poorly. The Magic committed three turnovers on their first three possessions and let the Pistons go on a 9-0 run.
At the half, the Magic led by 44-55, but only scored 15 points in the third quarter and went into the fourth tied at 70.
In the end, the game came down to one shot.
And without the Pistons best clutch player, it was Tayshaun Prince who stepped up and made the game-winning shot with 8.9 seconds left in the game. Prince finished the game with 17 points on 7-14 shooting.
Richard Hamilton was the game's leading scorer with 32 on 12-24 shooting.
For the Magic, Dwight Howard was guarded well and only scored eight points on 3-12 shooting.
Hedo Turkoglu was the Magic's leading scorer with 20 points.
Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis, and Maurice Evans all chipped in with 15 each.
The playoff series now goes back to Detroit where the Pistons look to win the series on Tuesday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. EST.
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